CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[City Ends Fiscal Year with $18 Million Budget Surplus - ]]>

The city budget ran an $18 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 2014, City Manager Harry Black said last week.

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<![CDATA[Effort to Save Historic Murals Moves Forward - ]]>

In an effort to save the iconic industrial murals that hang in the two shuttered terminals slated for demolition at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Mayor John Cranley has resurrected the city’s Mural Preservation Task Force.

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<![CDATA[City to Pay for Compost Site Clean Up - ]]>

City Council voted Oct. 15 to spend $300,000 to clean up Compost Cincy, a former Winton Hills composting company created in 2012 with the help of the city’s Office of Environment and Sustainability.

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<![CDATA[Dems Decry Polling Place Signage Bearing Jon Husted’s Name - ]]>

Democrats are up in arms over signage the secretary of state’s office is requiring polling places to post bearing the prominent name and signature of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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<![CDATA[County Budget Proposal: Increase Sales Tax, Lower Property Tax - ]]>

A budget proposal by Hamilton County Administrator Christian Sigman unveiled Oct. 13 calls for a .25 percent increase in sales taxes and a decrease in property taxes for the county. 

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<![CDATA[New York City Officials Tour Cincinnati Public Schools - ]]>

New York City Vice Mayor Richard Buery was in Cincinnati Oct. 8 and 9 touring the city’s groundbreaking community learning centers.

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<![CDATA[Sittenfeld Announces Living Wage Employer Initiative - ]]>

City officials on Oct. 2 announced the Cincinnati Living Wage Employer Initiative, which will officially recognize employers paying their employees at least $10.10 an hour.

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<![CDATA[Supreme Court Decision Takes Away Ohio Early Voting - ]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 29 issued a stay on a decision by lower federal courts that had extended early voting hours in Ohio, effectively reverting the state’s early voting schedule back to one drawn up by conservative lawmakers.

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<![CDATA[City Launches Domestic Partner Registry - ]]>

Cincinnati’s LGBT community on Oct. 2 celebrated another move toward legal equality when City Council celebrated the launch of the city’s domestic partner registry during a press conference on the steps of City Hall.

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<![CDATA[Hamilton County Commissioners OK High-Speed Rail Study - ]]>

A high-speed rail line from Cincinnati to Chicago became an inch closer to reality when Hamilton County Commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to fund a feasibility study for it.

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<![CDATA[Grand Jury Declines to Indict Beavercreek Officers in Crawford Shooting - ]]>

An Ohio grand jury on Sept. 24 declined to issue an indictment in the killing of John Crawford III, who was shot in a Beavercreek Walmart by police Aug. 5.

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<![CDATA[UC to Combat Spread of Hepatitis C Among Drug Users - ]]>

A University of Cincinnati professor is combating the spread of hepatitis C among young adults in Southern Ohio who inject heroin with a $900,000, three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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<![CDATA[City Council Passes Ordinances to Fight Sex Trafficking - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on Sept. 17 unanimously passed two ordinances to fight Cincinnati’s growing sex trafficking problem.

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<![CDATA[3CDC to Offer New OTR Units, Revise 15th and Race Plan - ]]>

Demand for property in Over-the-Rhine is growing quickly, and the neighborhood’s biggest developer is ramping up its renovations to keep up.

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<![CDATA[Council Backs Tighter Regulations on Factory Farm Antibiotics - ]]>

City Council sent a message to Congress Sept. 17 when it passed a resolution calling for a nationwide ban on the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock production.

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<![CDATA[Foundation Floats Special Tax District Proposal to Fund Streetcar - ]]>

As city leaders look to find ways to plug a $4 million annual funding gap for the operation of Cincinnati’s streetcar, a major backer of the transit project has proposed a way to raise a good deal of the needed money.

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<![CDATA[Judge Strikes Down Ohio’s Law Banning Campaign Lies - ]]>

A Cincinnati federal judge struck down an Ohio election law that bans lies in political campaigns by candidates or independent organizations. 

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<![CDATA[Family of John Crawford III Asks DOJ to Investigate Shooting - ]]>

The family of John Crawford III have asked the Justice Department for a federal investigation into the 22-year-old Fairfield man’s police shooting death in a Beavercreek Walmart Aug. 5.

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<![CDATA[Federal Judge Blocks Measures to Cut Ohio Early Voting - ]]>

"Golden week,” the five-day period in which Ohio residents can simultaneously register and vote, will be restored under a ruling a federal judge made Sept. 4.

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<![CDATA[Developer Looks to Reshape Area Around Findlay Market - ]]>

One of Cincinnati’s biggest developers has plans to remake an entire block of Race Street near Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.

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